This year I made a conscious effort to live a healthier lifestyle. This has nothing to do with getting ready for 'bikini season' (let's be honest, after having twins that ship has sailed...) No, this decision was about trying to feel better - mind, body and soul.
Now, please don't think I'm up here on my soapbox... I FAIL miserably at this endeavor ALL THE TIME! Because it's hard to live a 2017 lifestyle, at a 2017 speed, without finding yourself in a McDonald's drive-thru... or Wendy's... or KFC... You get the idea.
And while I was making healthier choices for myself, it took a minor health scare with one of my twins to make me realize I wasn't making healthy choices for my children. While I was eating a salad, I was letting my girls eat chicken nuggets and fries. There's nothing wrong with that in moderation, but it is a problem when your children think that's the only thing they should ever have to eat.
So I've been trying to make this a family-wide, lifestyle change. And I have to say, my girls have been troopers! They don't complain about drinking water instead of juice, they actually like salad, and pretty much any vegetable is delicious when drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with sea salt and roasted!!!!
On my twins' last birthday I told them I would fix them anything they wanted for breakfast. When they requested waffles, I used it as a great opportunity to make Paleo Waffles.
Now, I don't claim to be a Paleo expert by any means...but what I do know (and love) about this food lifestyle (I HATE the word diet) is that it's basic principle is that you only eat items that would have been eaten during the Paleo era (think cave men.) So no processed foods, no dairy, no sugar. It sounds terrible, right? Well, I PROMISE you it's not! Is it challenging? Yes. Does it require planning? Absolutely! Does it make you feel better? 100 PERCENT!!!!
The main question you might have about how you make waffles without flour is; What do you use to replace the flour? The answer is one of the most AMAZING inventions EVER...Almond Flour.
This miracle in a bag's only ingredient is blanched almonds! A serving only has 6 grams of carbohydrates (2% of the daily value), 1 gram of sugar and NO sodium! How AWESOME is that? You're probably thinking, 'I bet it tastes HORRIBLE!' It may not taste like the waffles you're use to eating, but it is still delicious! Would these faces lie?
So here's the recipe! Give it a try and let me know what you think in the comments below.
- 1 cup blanched almond flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 4 eggs (Vegans could use a vegan egg substitute)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon honey (Vegans could use molasses or agave nectar)
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil (used to grease the waffle maker)
Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Beat eggs, vanilla and honey in a smaller bowl & mix with the dry ingredients. (Note that the consistency will be a little different than you're used to because of the almond flour...Our batter looked similar to applesauce.) Plug in your waffle maker and coat with melted coconut oil (I used a marinating brush.) Pour a 1/4 cup of batter on each griddle and close the lid. Do NOT let your waffles cook the whole time your waffle maker thinks they should. The almond flour cooks quickly, so check them about half-way through the cooking cycle. Top with butter and maple syrup & ENJOY!!!!